Bacteria in water can cause humans and animals to experience various symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, and fever, and unfortunately, at times, ingestion can prove fatal. Many common types of bacteria may be present in tap or well water at any time. While municipal water treatment plants do their best to keep bacteria at bay with disinfectants, it is ultimately up to the consumer to know what is in their water. Moreover, those who drink well water must be extra vigilant. If one type of bacteria is present, other bacteria have likely found their way into your well.
4 Common Bacteria in Drinking Water
Escherichia Coli ( E. Coli ) – Symptoms of E. Coli are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and cramps.
Campylobacter jejuni – Symptoms of Campylobacter Jejuni include cramping, pain, fever, and diarrhea.
Salmonella – Symptoms of salmonella include chills, headache, fever, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
Legionnaires disease – Symptoms of Legionnaires disease are cough, shortness of breath, fever, aches, and even death. Legionella Pneumophila causes Legionnaires disease.
Does Chlorine Kill Bacteria in Water?
Chlorine can kill bacteria if added to water in the right amounts. Water treatment plants use chlorine, chloramines, or chlorine dioxide to disinfect drinking water. Well owners can use 3 pints of unscented liquid bleach for every 100 gallons of water to kill bacteria. (Source: University of Georgia) However, it’s possible to have bacteria in water pipes, so if you suspect something is wrong with your water, you should have it tested.
Does Distillation Kill Bacteria?
Yes. The process of distillation kills bacteria found in tap water or well water. By boiling the water, most bacteria are disrupted. Boiling alone is considered to be along the lines of pasteurization rather than sterilization. It will kill most bacteria or even parasites, so a Boil Alert is issued by the local government when water is considered unsafe to drink. However, even though you boil the water, you could still be consuming dead biological contaminants. In addition to that, if there are other contaminants present, like heavy metals, they could become more concentrated, which makes them more dangerous to consume. See our 3rd Party Lab Results to view all of the contaminants that Pure Water distillers can remove.
Distillation is much more effective than boiling alone at removing bacteria from water. During distillation, the pure steam rises and is condensed for drinking. Distillation leaves all unknown toxins or contaminants behind in the boiling tank. Most importantly, some types of bacteria in their inactive phase produce seed-like spores that can survive boiling temperatures. Distillation also proves helpful in removing iron bacteria from well water or tap water. We’ve had Pure Water Distillers tested by a trusted 3rd party lab and found that our water distillers remove over 99.9% of bacteria present in water.
How to Remove Bacteria from Well Water
Removing bacteria from well water will likely require hiring a licensed contractor. They will physically remove bacteria from the well by removing and cleaning pumping equipment, scrubbing the well casings, and then chemically treating the well. Disinfectants may be added to the well, including bleach, surfactants (detergent-like chemicals such as phosphates), or acids used to clean the well. (Source: Minnesota Department of Health) If you are concerned about drinking well water that has been heavily treated with chemicals, using a Pure Water Distiller is an excellent way to remove those chemicals right before you drink the water.
The Best Way to Remove Bacteria from Drinking Water
A home water distiller is the best way to remove bacteria from drinking water. A Pure Water Distiller will remove bacteria, but it will also remove parasites and viruses. Additionally, a water distillation system will remove pesticides, microplastics, nitrates, lead, pharmaceuticals, and other possible contaminants. Take control of your health and drinking water by investing in a long-lasting, made in the USA water distiller.